considering how to make dial up Internet fast I think we all assume the
to start is by increasing the connection speed at the modem.
I've spent alot of time searching the Internet for ways to
modem faster. Sometimes it isn't possible to
increase dial up modem speed above
what you have currently. I've
discovered modems are
only one factor of many that can adversely effect dial
There are several simple free ways to increase dial up Internet
browsing speed that are commonly
overlooked. Also, there
is a huge difference between a faster modem and faster Internet. Take a
look at the suggestions below. If you don't have local access to DSL or
broadband, these tips will make dial up faster regardless of what the
modem speed is. You'll be surprised how well these tips work.
Do not frequently clear your browsers cache
alot of information on the Internet that claims clearing the browser
cache will make dial up faster and thats wrong. The whole
of having a browser cache is to increase web page download speed.
cache often will actually slow down Internet browsing speed
until the cache is built up again.
2. Stop flash video
from playing when arriving at a website.
Flash video files are
normally large. They take a very long time to download on a dial
connection. All popular browsers have add-on software available, or can
be configured to disable flash player video. You can also uninstall
adobe flash video player completely from your computer.
3. Choose a high speed dial up internet plan
Many dial up Internet access providers offer 2 types of dial up
internet - Standard or Accelerated. Be sure to choose the accelerated
plan. I'm not sure why standard dial up plans are
even offered unless an individual would prefer using seperate web
accelerator service such as Proxycon or Propel. Second party web
approximately $5/month. Regardless, all accelerators work pretty much
the same way to make dial up Internet faster. Accelerated or
high speed dial up does not increase download speed. Beware of
Internet service providers and software that
promise a 300% increase in dial up speed.
4. Don't wait for the web page to finish loading
Many times you can see what you need from a website
early on while its loading, or decide this isn't the web page you
want. Firefox, I.E. and Chrome all contain an "X" near the top of
web page that can be clicked to stop a web page from loading. Also,
pressing the esc key will stop a web page from loading. The shortcut
key to reload the page is F5.
5. Try a browser other than microsoft Internet
over time Internet Explorer has been the target of many malware and
virus programs, as was Outlook express. Using other free
browsers such as Firefox, Opera, Safari or Google Chrome,
likelihood of downloading malware.
6. Check for viruses and malware regularly
There is very
little bandwidth available on a dial up connection. Viruses and malware
use your internet connection while you are surfing which will slow down
browsing speed significantly. If you've never checked for viruses I can
guarantee you have one. Download a free anti virus or anti
malware program and scan your computer at least weekly if not more.
Don't run virus programs in real time. Scan your computer when its
offline and at night while you sleep.
Phone company repeaters
If your dial up connection speed is
33.6k or less, its very
possible your house in wired to a repeater. Phone signals
weaken as they travel over phone lines. A repeater will amplify a weak
signal. Once amplified, it can be split to service additional
distant residences such as in a rural area. This phone network
will decrease a dial up connection markedly lower than 56k speed.
8. Avoid using email clients like outlook express.
Instead register for a
free web based email account at Yahoo or Google (Gmail). Malware uses
email clients to travel aroundand infect other computers. Web based
email is scanned for Malware free, then stored on remote computer
servers. Just another tactic to avoid Malware and viruses altogether.
9. Download a computer system cleaning tool utility
There are free programs that remove the normal junk thats collected or
created while surfing the internet such as CCleaner. Computer
will remove temporary Internet files, tracking cookies and clean up
your computers registry. Another free cleaning utility, Advanced
Systemcare, will even optimize your modems TCP/IP settings.
Computer cleaning tools do not remove malware or viruses.
10. Close file sharing programs when you are not using
Nothing eats up bandwidth faster than a dozen people
simultaneously downloading files from your computer. A file sharing
program like Limewire can configure itself to run when your computer boots up. If you
don't need it to do this, go to the file sharing programs settings and
change it to prevent the program from loading on
startup. A forgotten file sharing program will drastically make dial up
As you can see all the tips shown above are free to try. Though this
intended to aid dial up Internet users, much of the the information
can be applied to any Internet connection....DSL, Cable,
Satellite...etc. It takes some prior set up to make dial up Internet
faster, but you'll surprised how quick and stable
browsing the web via dial up networking can be.